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Cornwall homes evacuated as storm brings severe flooding

By Jo_Wood  |  Posted: November 25, 2012

  • Portmellon near Mevagissey. Photo sent in by Sally Mitchell

Comments (0) Homes in Cornwall are this evening being evacuated as high winds and torrential rain have caused major flooding on the south coast.Cornwall Council has set up a control centre at Truro's County Hall to provide a coordinated response to the crisis.The main areas for concern this evening are Helston, Polperro, Mevagissy, Millbrook and Torpoint.A rest centre has been set up in the Methodist Church at Millbrook where 100 people are being evacuated from 40 properties.Mevagissy's Chapel Street and Chapel Square are flooded and police have closed roads into the village. There are reports that 12 properties have flooded with another 80 at risk.Fire and Rescue services are pumping water out the top end of the village of Polperro.The Environment Agency has warned 'The flooding situation in Polperro is now significant and serious. River levels are rising and expected to continue to flood, causing significant flooding.' The Agency has warned residents at risk move immediately to higher ground.The next high tide in Polperro will be at around 3am on Sunday morning.Helston's River Cober levels are rising and it is expected to flood out into the lower areas of the town causing 'significant hazard'. The Environment Agency has warned flooding is imminent.Cornwall Council's Customer Contact Centre at Scorrier was opened to deal with the high volume of calls and crews from the fire and rescue service, the highways service, environment team, and the localism service have all been involved in responding to reports of flooding. Due to the high volume of calls the fire and rescue service have been prioritising calls to life risk incidents, and are not able to deal immediately with calls to flooded properties.The Environment Agency has issued flood warnings for most rivers in Cornwall.Exeter based weather agency, the Met Office, has had Cornwall on an amber 'be prepared' warning all day.Earlier the major trunk roads into Cornwall the A30 and A39 were both blocked from flooding.First Great Western train services are currently unable to travel into and out of Devon and Cornwall due to flooding between Taunton and Exeter.Send your photos to jo.wood@northcliffemedia.co.uk

-Jo is a digital journalist and editor based in Cornwall working as a Regional Digital Publisher, Devon and Cornwall, for Northcliffe Digital.

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  • Phil_lip  |  November 25 2012, 7:21AM

    dee fields, or soil will hold more than a paved area but runoff is still a huge problem causing flooding downhill due to the way the water is always looking for the easiest path. Trees/forests on the other hand would hold back millions of gallons more water for each mature tree and is the way to go if wanting a natural flood defence upstream. If there was a forest above a farm for example the amount of nutrient rich soil washed away is far less than the farm near the top of the catchment.

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  • Truro_Kernow  |  November 25 2012, 12:02AM

    And Duke Charles should be called to account for his supermarket and housing developments! He isn't here tonight! The worst case of an absentee land lord we have ever seen, damn the man!

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  • Truro_Kernow  |  November 24 2012, 11:59PM

    We have taken people in for the night. Their places are flooded and no sign of any official help. Fortunately we are higher up and safe! Agree with you Dee as so many of us do. This idiotic overdevelopment HAS to stop NOW along with second homes.

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  • dee_2  |  November 24 2012, 11:21PM

    If you think this is bad imagine it will be like when we get tens of thousands of more homes in Cornwall. The water run off will be even greater with increased flooding to match. We need to wake up to the fact that fields act a reservoirs for rainwater. Cover them with houses, concrete, solar farms, industrial estates and other unnecessary rubbish and the potential for flooding can only get worse. Why don't or can't those in power see this??

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